Mental health during pandemic

Mental Health during pandemic

Are you having a hard time to stay sane during pandemic?

Seems like we don’t care about our mental health enough even on good days, let alone during the coronavirus pandemic when the fear for ours and the lives of those we love and care about.

Stress, fear, and constant worry can cause real damage to our mental health. But honestly, no one can be indifferent to the mess that is the COVID-19 pandemic.

What makes us think about the pandemic all the time?

Well, first of all, there is the fear of facing the disease, then numerous questions about what happens to us when we get infected, not only to us but to the people we live or work with. Second, there is the fear of the unknown or uncertain, which is more stressful for some people than others. Third, this is all we hear and see on the TV or the radio these days. Too much information is never good for anyone. But not to feel okay all the time is fine. It isn’t easy to cope with the stress and fear.

When is the right moment to “take a break” and just breathe? 

When we start worrying too much, we often have difficulties sleeping and/or eating. We often have nightmares. Some of the symptoms of stress are also the changes in energy, appetite, and a change in interests of an individual. When it comes to physical symptoms related to stress, skin rash, stomach problems, and a headache are the most common. One can also start experiencing a worsening of chronic health issues, and a worsening of mental health conditions, that can be far worse than any physical issue, because many people won’t recognize that they have issues at all. Sometimes it is as simple as that.

When the hard times come, you can actually do something for yourself, you know that, right? 

Whatever you do, do not turn to alcohol, drugs, or any other bad-habit-making options.

Try slowing your breathing instead, focusing on exercising, because, believe it or not, even stretching helps with stress. Meditation, too.

Pandemic or not, well-balanced meals are always recommended. Taking care of our body and soul is the best way to stay in control of our thoughts. This is what keeps our minds clear. Of course, get enough rest, too.

To be honest, sometimes is good to avoid news stories, particularly those sections that tell you about the numbers of infected and deceased. Sure, it’s good to stay informed, but the constant flow of bad news can cause depression and stopping that from happening is what we are trying to do here. So, turn the TV off, music on. And some with optimistic lyrics or fast rhythm would be preferable.

Doing good for others is doing good for you, too

If you are one of those who can handle the stress well, likes to help others, you can help the community and those who need support and talk. Or if you are the one that needs any form of assistance or just a talk, do not hesitate to ask for help from your local health workers or helplines. Some professionals are trained to assist in these cases.

CDC has a helpline for health workers who need immediate assist but you aren’t health worker, we can suggest some other organizations, such as CareConnectUSA , NAMI or simply 911 or the   National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

One piece of advice from us: 

Stay at home if you don’t have to go to work or anywhere. That is the best way to make sure you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. In case you worry about them and yourself and want to check if you have the antibodies, that is something we can help you with!

Because we can provide you with the fastest test for COVID-19 antibodies, and this test is called FAST STEP. Last September The U.S.A. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the first point-of-care antibody test for COVID-19. What is important is that it is CLIA waived.

You can order it right now from our website and in one day it will be shipped right to your address. Knowing what bothers you is the best way to fight it.

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